Level 1 (Entry Level) Planner



Case Review for Planning – Subdivisions and Site Plans

Administrative Management for Historic Preservation Commission - Review applications for sufficiency, submit legal notices, build agendas, maintain minutes

Attend meetings of and assist the Historic Preservation Commissions 

Board of Adjustment Cases (Review, Reports to Board for Variances)                                    

Handle general questions regarding zoning and planning (“walk-in”, email, phone)


Attend meetings of the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment as needed.

General Research as Directed

Technical Plans Review of Form Based Code Development (specialized training will be provided)              

Assist others on the planning staff as requested by the Director


General Information
OXFORD, MS 38655
United States
Employee Type  Non-Exempt FT
Job Category  Oxford Planning & Development
Industry  Planning Department
Contact Information
Name  Taylor Gex
Phone  662-232-2313

City of Oxford, MS seeking Planner I

The City of Oxford, MS is seeking a Level 1 (Entry Level) Planner.  The position will have an emphasis on development review and historic preservation.  Minimum requirement is a master’s degree in urban planning from an accredited university program.  Additional education in or knowledge of architecture and/or historic preservation desired.  Working experience of 1-2 years, and/or internships pertinent to these fields.  Knowledge of basic computer software including ArcView and GIS required, knowledge of AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup or other architectural software preferred.


Planning tasks will include development review – evaluation of site plans and subdivisions, reports and presentations to the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, and occasionally the Board of Aldermen.  Participation in occasional community planning efforts will also be expected.  Historic Preservation tasks will include review of applications for sufficiency, working with Historic Preservation consultant to complete staff reports, maintaining records for the Historic Preservation Commissions, and providing information to the public on historic preservation related questions. 







Knowledge, skills, and Abilities



General knowledge of city planning principles and governance

General knowledge of architecture, especially historic architecture

Basic knowledge of historic preservation principles and governance

Learning city codes and ordinances, functions and operations of municipal government, and state land use laws required within six months.

Basic knowledge of GIS Mapping


Skills and Abilities

Skill with standard office computer software and working knowledge of ArcGIS required; some proficiency with Adobe, AutoCAD, and SketchUp software preferred. 


A strong work ethic, initiative, dependability, and desire to learn a broad spectrum of tasks in a fast-paced work environment are vital traits.


Excellent writing skills necessary – including proper grammar, spelling, and use of English in speaking and writing.


General math skills, ability to read maps and understand development plans expected.


Special Requirements

Ability to work well in a team environment and build good working relationships with City staff

Ability to make decisions within specified time limits and meet specified and required deadlines

Ability to communicate effectively and calmly with residents, developers, elected and appointed officials; maintaining composure in heated situations

Ability to maintain confidentiality and work independently

Willingness to follow department and City policies and procedures


Tools and Equipment Used

General office equipment – computer, copier, telephones, etc.


Physical Demands - Limited


Work Environment - Primarily Indoors